Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2000

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven A. Schmitz

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

James L. DePaepe


This study illustrates and compares the academic achievement of male high school athletes (single-sport participants) in and out of their respective sport's seasons, to determine if extracurricular athletic participation hinders or enhances academic performance based on their students' GPAs. This study was conducted at a High School in North Central Washington. Fifty randomly selected high school male student athletes, ranging from sophomores to seniors were measured on academic performance during the 1999-2000 school year. The student athletes participated in an athletic sport in either the first or the second semester of the school year, and both the in-season and out-of-season GPAs were recorded. The results showed support for the hypothesis that there is no difference between the academic achievement of the athletes in-season, and the academic achievement of the athletes out-of-season.